Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen among UK film stars in Stockton for Jackdaw premiere

  • Jenna Coleman speaks to ITV Tyne Tees reporter Tom Barton

Some of Britain's biggest TV stars descended on Stockton for the UK premiere of Jackdaw.

The film, set and shot on location in Hartlepool and Teesside, is the feature-film debut by Shotton Colliery-born writer and director Jamie Childs.

It follows the story of Jack Dawson, a fictional former motocross champion and army veteran, who returns home to care for his brother after their mother dies.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jenna Coleman were among the star-studded cast at Stockton's Showcase Cinema De Lux on Wednesday night (24 January) for the film's UK premiere.

Writer-director Jamie Childs with stars Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen on the red carpet. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"It is really special to be coming here to the place where it was made," former Doctor Who star Coleman told ITV Tyne Tees.

"But also showing a film and a genre piece that shows that the North East doesn't have to be all kitchen sink and shows the cinematic scale of the place."

Jackdaw is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Childs who took inspiration from the Stockton cinema as a child.

The filmmaker hopes Jackdaw could be the start of more filming activity in the North East with more movies being fully shot and set here.

The cameras were out to capture the film stars at the UK premiere. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"It is amazing," the film's director explained. "This cinema was my local growing up and it probably inspired me to become a filmmaker.

"The last time I was here was back when I was a teenager watching movies so to take over the whole thing is just surreal.

"It was born out of the North East, the people who have funded it are here and it was shot around the roads that surround the cinema.

"So it had to premiere here as well and give the local people a bit piece of the action."

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